For some, paradise isn't a pristine tropical island: it's a mountain dusted with fresh, untouched snow. Skiing is a popular winter getaway for outdoor junkies who would rather work up a sweat tearing up the trails instead of lying in the sun. While the Northeast is home to a number of ski havens, snow bunnies may find themselves itching to hit the powder along the mountaintops out West. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a skier's paradise, home to a number of beautiful, budget friendly resorts. But making the trek from the East Coast can be an ordeal. The journey required two, sometimes three transfers, an exhaustive trip which can leave any athlete breathless (and minus some vacation days). Good news for those looking to maximize their time on the mountains: United Airlines is doing its part to help skiers can get from their home to the slopes much, much quicker.
The airline announced it will offer nonstop, daily flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to Jackson Hole from December 19 to January 2. Flights will also take off every Saturday from February 9 to March 30. The change is part of a wider expansion of services to Jackson Hole across several carriers. United recently began flying non-stop out of San Francisco, and Delta will offer flights from Minneapolis this winter.
Jackson Hole Central Reservations general manager Edye Smith said she hopes the direct flights, as well as some air-inclusive travel packages, will bring “affordable opportunities for travelers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.” The company provides several packages which include airfare, lodging, and lift tickets, perfect for the budget-minded.
So soon, instead of dragging your luggage through three different terminals, you'll be able to spend your energy the right way: careening down the slopes with the wind at your back.
For more trip-planning information, check out our Jackson Hole guide.